Pastor's Pen for 05/22/2018Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? (Matthew 7)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. False teachers twist and pervert the Word of God. False preachers tell itching ears what they want to hear. The false preacher will not properly distinguish Law and Gospel.

Jesus teaches us that we will know the false prophets by their fruits. You will know them by their teaching – the false doctrine they teach is poison. BEWARE and watch out for these false teachers. There are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1)

Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. (2 John)

True preachers will proclaim Jesus Crucified & Risen for sinners. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1) True preachers proclaim that Jesus is for sinners. Jesus, who goes to Calvary's Cross to suffer God's wrath against all our sins.

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Timothy 4)

True preachers proclaim God's Word in its truth and purity. Jesus, crucified and risen for you, brings peace with God. It is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations. (Luke 24)

Luther highlight – The First Petition. Hallowed be Thy name.

What does this mean? God's name is indeed holy in itself; but we pray in this petition that it may become holy among us also.

How is this done? When the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity, and we as the children of God also lead holy lives in accordance with it. To this end help us, dear Father in heaven. But he that teaches and lives otherwise than God's Word teaches profanes the name of God among us. From this preserve us, Heavenly Father. (Luther's Small Catechism.)

True preachers will encourage you to do good works of love and service for your neighbor. Holy living. Faith to God and love to your neighbor. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3)

Preaching Jesus Christ for you, the sinners. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (John 17)

Rejoice, in God’s Word preached and taught for sinners at Zion. Gladly hear God's Word and learn it.


Preach You the Word LSB 586:1

Preach you the Word and plant it home To men who like or like it not,

The Word that shall endure and stand When flow’rs and men shall be forgot.